(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, April 28, 2023 – With the debut of Carnival Cruise Line’s “Fun Italian Style” offering only weeks away, Carnival Venezia is showing off her new hull livery, but with a nod to the ship’s Costa Cruises roots, the red stripe on the hull has been painted yellow and will correspond with the yellow on the ship’s funnel.
The unique take on the Carnival livery is just the beginning of what the ship holds in store for its guests, who will experience fun influenced by the ship's Italian design with the same warm hospitality Carnival is known for fleetwide.
Once Carnival Venezia’s enhancement project is completed in Spain, the ship will embark guests on a 15-day Carnival Journeys transatlantic sailing May 29, 2023 from Barcelona and arrive to her new home at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City. The ship’s first cruise from New York – a four-day cruise to Bermuda – is set for June 15, 2023.
The ship accommodates more than 5,000 guests and will offer 10 different cruise durations and 22 unique itineraries featuring visits to 25 ports across 14 countries. To see sailings currently open for sale on Carnival Venezia, click here.
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a cruise vacation on Carnival, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit http://www.carnival.com, or contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Fort Lauderdale, FL – April 20, 2023 – American Queen Voyages™, part of Hornblower® Group, has announced the appointment of Lissette Balbiers as Senior Vice President of Finance & Accounting and Susan Anderson as Director of Finance & Controller. Anderson will report to Balbiers while Balbiers will be reporting directly to American Queen Voyages President, Cindy D'Aoust. Together, they bring more than 45 years of extensive experience in finance, accounting and business administration to the executive team.
"We are thrilled to welcome Lissette and Susan to our team at American Queen Voyages," said D'Aoust. "They bring a wealth of experience and expertise in financial management, a strong track record of driving strategic financial growth, and experience in managing complex financial operations that will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our business. We have no doubt that they will play a key role in helping us achieve our goals and drive success for our company and our stakeholders."
(ROYAL CARIBBEAN NEWS)_As Royal Caribbean International’s first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and fuel cell technology, #IconoftheSeas marks the next step in the cruise line’s journey to create a clean-energy future. “Making an Icon, Creating Memorable Vacations Responsibly” looks under the “hood” with experts in environmental programs, decarbonization, marine operations and more as they break down the firsts and proven efforts to come on Icon. From large-scale systems, including the first waste-to-energy plant at sea, to the smallest details like LED lightbulbs, every initiative and application will play a part in making the world’s best family vacation the most sustainable Royal Caribbean International ship to date. Icon of the Seas arrives January 2024. 🔗 http://www.royalcaribbean.com/icon-of...
(PRESS RELEASE)_Monaco – April 24, 2023 - The MSC Foundation has announced a new partnership that sees it joining forces with the Horn Foundation to support its Pangaea X Program, conceived to help young people develop impactful projects that contribute to achieving certain key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Salient amongst these are SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 14 - Life Below Water, and SDG 15 - Life On Land.
The recently launched second cycle of the Pangaea X intensive training and coaching program will equip young participants with the essential tools, knowledge and resources to analyze, assess and design their own environmental driven projects. The program will be delivered through an online platform, face-to-face workshops, mentorships and networking events with the aim of encouraging young individuals to become agents of social change in their communities.
Addressing a broad spectrum of environmental threats, including natural resource depletion, biodiversity loss and climate change, Pangaea X aims to fill a gap in current environmental efforts by fostering innovation and collaboration between young people, experts and stakeholders.
(PRESS RELEASE)_Geneva, Switzerland, April 25, 2023: Explora Journeys, the luxury lifestyle brand of the MSC Group, today announced that renowned adventurer Mike Horn will be joining as its brand ambassador.
Horn is a world-renowned adventurer, explorer and environmentalist with a wealth of experience in expeditions to some of the world’s most remote and challenging environments. He has crossed the Arctic, Antarctic and Amazon, as well as sailing solo around the world, among many other feats. He is also a dedicated environmentalist whose work with communities and conservation organizations worldwide has helped to promote sustainable living and protect the planet’s delicate ecosystems.
As an ambassador for Explora Journeys, Mike Horn will work closely with the brand’s team to develop adventure destination experiences and unique onboard enrichment programs, bringing even more excitement to the unparalleled activities offered to guests. Drawing on his vast knowledge and expertise, he will lead guests in exploring some of the world’s most remote and pristine locations, helping them to create unforgettable memories.
(CELEBRITY NEWS)_From May 3 to July 6, 2023, travelers can take advantage of the line's "Spring Into Summer Sale" offering Buy One Get One 75% off cruise fare, plus up to $800 savings and up to $800 credit to spend on board. If booked over Memorial Day Weekend, travelers will enjoy a bonus on board credit of $50 per stateroom.
The deal is applicable to most sailings between May 3, 2023, to April 30, 2025, allowing travelers the opportunity to book and save now, but travel later with ample time to choose between the 300 destinations that Celebrity Cruises sails to:
Celebrity Cruises "Spring Into Summer" Sale + Memorial Day Bonus:
(PRESS RELEASE)_SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (April 25, 2023) – Princess Cruises, the world’s most iconic cruise line, is now the Official Cruise Vacation Partner for the Porsche Club of America (PCA). The move expands the cruise line’s existing relationship with PCA which launched in 2022.
With the announcement – made by Princess Celebrations Ambassador Jill Whelan and Ruby Princess Captain Mario Tani at PCA’s annual Werks Reunion gathering at Amelia Island, Fla. – Princess Cruises is now the Official Cruise Vacation Partner for the organization’s 150,000-plus members who will have even more opportunities to engage with Princess and its 15-ship fleet that annually visits 330 destinations on all seven continents.
PCA members will also enjoy special branded experience cruises and increased Princess presence at annual car shows, concours and conventions, along with special access to great vacation deals which are booked through a personal travel concierge dedicated just for PCA members.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, April 25, 2023 – Carnival Jubilee, the next new ship in the Excel class, will debut fun, unique and immersive ocean-themed experiences in two new zones: Currents and The Shores, along with guest favorites and, of course, the fleet’s third roller coaster at sea when she debuts later this year. To take a look at all of her unique features, click here.
Currents, encompassing Deck 6 and Deck 7, is an awe-inspiring, immersive and transformative space that takes guests below the waves with a playful vibe featuring innovative technology, new and exciting bar and dining venues and live music. When guests step into Currents, they will be transported to mesmerizing underwater worlds, both realistic and fantastical, in a beautiful space that changes from day to night and throughout the cruise. The portals to the sea comprise six huge LED windows which, along with a massive wave-shaped LED ceiling, theatrical show lighting and captivating sound design will create a variety of immersive environments for guests to enjoy as they try new, unique cocktails and flavorful dishes. Venues within Currents include:
(PRESS RELEASE)_This morning, the New York Knicks and their Official Cruise Line Partner, MSC Cruises, hosted a Jr. Knicks clinic at the basketball court onboard MSC Meraviglia during her inaugural call at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. Youth from Jr. Knicks affiliate and Garden of Dreams Foundation partners, Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and SCO Family of Services, took part in learning basketball skills, drills, and training as well as games run by the Jr. Knicks coaching staff. Participants also had the opportunity to meet with Knicks alumni and receive branded giveaways from the Knicks. The event concluded with a three-point shootout with Knicks alumni.
Knicks alumni included John Starks, Latrell Sprewell, Walt Frazier, Jamal Crawford, Larry Johnson, Jr. Knicks instructors and 50 youth ages 8-14 from the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club and SCO Family of Services. The event was held at the Brooklyn Harbor Cruise Terminal onboard cruise ship MSC Meraviglia.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI – April 24, 2023. ‘Exceptional at Sea’ includes first-class Cruise Directors, and today Crystal announced the return of shipboard leaders as the brand continues to prepare for its inaugural season under new ownership.
Cruise veterans Rick Spath will bring out Crystal Serenity when the ship returns to service on July 31, and Russ Grieve will lead the team aboard Crystal Symphony starting with its inaugural voyage on Sept. 1. Raphael Derkson will also be returning, first to serve as the start-up Musical Director for Crystal Serenity and then take over as Cruise Director following Spath.
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